After a slightly calmer than usual year of travelling in 2018, my 2019 resolution is to explore more – whether that’s a new country or city, doing a day trip in the UK or simply spending a few hours getting to know a new area of London.
I’m starting this year at the YOLO end of the ‘millennial attitudes to life‘ scale, and want to make the most of it before I inevitably flip back to the “oh my god, I need to save money to buy a house/move abroad/have a pension/be more adult” end of it. And, it’s also the year of * whispers * Brexit, so let’s face it – if not now, then when?
It’s already shaping up to be a good year of exploring, with several old favourites already booked. In a couple of weeks I’m off to Nice with my family in search of a little sunshine and some good bread. February will then take me to Cork again for a solid weekend of food, dogs and countryside, followed by a birthday trip to show my oldest school friends around Lisbon (and to see if I can find my heart where I left it).
March is looking like a perfect candidate for a last minute weekend away (any takers?), then April sees me making the most of this year’s Easter and May bank holidays annual leave hack (18 days off with 9 days annual leave!) to head to Vietnam. I’ll be doing yet another Contiki trip (I really am their biggest fan), and will be reuniting with a friend (or two) from my Peru trip. We might even sneak in a quick hop over to Cambodia while we’re there…
The rest of the year is as yet unplanned, but there are some whispers of a trip to New York for a friend’s 30th birthday (my first potential trip the US!) and various other short-haul weekends.
I’m a big fan of a list, so here’s the rest of my current 2019 and beyond exploring wishlist (I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I only have 30 days of leave, so I won’t be able to see everywhere…) – let’s see where I manage to get to!
- Go to Columbia Road flower market
- Visit Richmond park
- Get a National Art Pass and see more art in London
- Visit the Barbican
- Swim in the Hampstead Heath ponds
- Go to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
- Go to see a ballet at the Royal Opera House
- Visit the Design Museum
UK day/overnight trips –
- Weekends in the New Forest
- Go to the Edinburgh Fringe
Long weekends in Europe (and beyond) –
- Tel Aviv
- San Sebastián
- Sri Lanka
Anyone got any tips or recommendations for anywhere on my list?